“The place was filled,” he said. “I’ve never seen a stadium that packed.”
The noise was next. It was so loud, he was practically using sign language.
“You couldn’t hear anything on the field,” he said. “That’s probably the most difficult thing.”
He’s a senior now, a four-year starter and easily one of the Minutemen’s most experienced players.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen him get rattled or flustered,” Molnar said.
A large part of his job will be passing that kind of calm along to his teammates.
“I think for a young player it might be distracting, just shocking to see that many people at a game,” Thellen said. “You can’t let it get to you. You’ve got to tune all the noise out.
“My first time playing there, you’re just so excited and your emotions are raging. You’ve just got to settle down. So the best thing I can do for young players in an environment like the Big House is just to make sure that they settle down and don’t get too caught up in the hype and the fans.”
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